Girma Kelboro Mensuro (Ethiopia) is a PhD candidate at the University of Hohenheim. He has submitted his thesis entitled “Unraveling the Parks and People Dichotomy: Local Interests and Conflicts in Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia”. He holds a position of junior researcher as a DAAD scholar at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn. He received an MSc degree in Tropical Forestry and a BSc degree in forestry. His main research interests are social-ecological systems, political ecology, biodiversity conservation, protected areas, and community forestry. He writes extensively on traditional ecological knowledge systems and the challenges and opportunities in environmental management and biodiversity conservation. He has taught at Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources at Hawassa University. Before joining academics and research, he had accumulated a broad practical experience as a forester in the Commission for Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Rehabilitation in Southern Ethiopia for four years.